Jan 18, 2013 9:00am EST
's take a listen to president obama in his own words back in february of 2009 talking about iraq. [video clip] >> a candidate for president, i made clear a time line 16 months to carry out the drug them while pledging to consult closely with our military commanders upon taking office to ensure that we preserve the gains we have made and to protect our troops. these consultations are now complete. i have chosen a time line that will remove our combat brigades over the next 18 months. let me say this as plainly as i can -- by august 31, 2010, our combat mission in iraq will end. host: that as president obama back in february, 2009. guest: that is a promise kept this was the centerpiece of his campaign. you can go back to 2003 with his opposition to the war. a promise that week raided was barack obama will work with military commanders on the ground in iraq to end the war safely and responsibly within 16 months and we raided that a promise kept in 2010 as the last combat troops were removed from iraq. this gets back to what we were talking about about presidential power. there were things t
Jan 20, 2013 5:00am PST
, that was -- let's bring everybody in and we are going to come to this conclusion. nonetheless, he was talking to mitch mcconnell, he is the one that made that happen. the interesting play to me is these are roles that president obama has given him to elevate him. >> exactly. >> that is interesting to me just as we look forward to the next four years. >> how did the justice, sonia sotomayor do? >> looked flawless to me. you saw she had written it out and she had written it out with the pauses indicated. that's the way to do it safely. you saw how long it was. no one could possibly memorize that. the interesting question, and i don't know the answer, is will chief justice roberts will have a card? will he surrender his famous memory? he has very famous memory, and just do it with a card or will he try again without a card and see how that goes? >> i don't think he should take any risks. >> my guess is he is a very proud man. my guess is he will not have a card, dole it from memory again. but he will have made clear this time, unlike last time, to the president where the pauses are going to be.
Jan 17, 2013 5:00pm EST
. >> president obama of course promised in his first term to take a leadership role on immigration reform. it has been disappointing to many he did not get that moving. he has pledged again to do so. he talked about he wanted to see a bill early on. now he has introduced ideas for gun control. he has another debate over fiscal policy. what does leadership mean in your mind? what to do you want to hear in the state of the union? or is there a better idea something would come from the senate and the president would take a support role? >> it is a good question. part of the problem -- the answer is not another great speech about immigration reform. we need action. this is what happens when immigration reform is important but it is not the number one issue. you can keep on telling it the could you have to take care of the fiscal cliff, which will -- looks like it will go all the way to the end of that term. i do not think it's going to be over soon. guns, i think that has surpassed immigration reform on priorities. i'm not making a judgment. i'm trying to state some facts. you are right, and this has
Jan 17, 2013 8:00pm EST
is meeting tomorrow. we will talk with two bears, scott smith and stephen benjamin. also bill adair and how president obama is delivering on campaign promises. and jack buckley and tom loveless of the brookings institution. like every day at 7:00 eastern on c-span. -- live every day at 7:00 eastern on c-span. >> it was an important period of history. i felt their perspective should be brought to bear. there has been some other points of the crisis that was not entirely accurate. i thought it was an important for the historical record to present our perspective. i think currently for people to understand there were different policy options, disagreements. if we want to prevent another crisis from happening again, i felt the public needed to engage more on financial reform and educate themselves better and make it an issue with their elected officials. i tried hard to make the book accessible. >> the former head of the fdic, sheila bair on the worst financial crisis since the great depression. &a."y night on c-span's "q the american bankers association predicts weak growth and the prospect of